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France condemns North Korea’s latest nuclear test

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By Josephine Ella-Ejeh

France has joined the rest of the world to condemn the new nuclear test carried out by North Korea on September 3, 2017.

France “Utterly condemns the new nuclear test carried out by North Korea” on 3 September.  Through its nuclear and ballistic programme, conducted in violation of its international obligations, the North Korean regime is threatening regional and international security,” the country said in a statement issued yesterday by French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The statement delivered during the daily press briefing by Agnès Romatet-Espagne, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, further quoted the country as calling for “a firm and united response by the international community to protect the non-proliferation system and the rule of law, as well as peace and international security, in the face of these unjustifiable and illegal acts.”

The country expressed its solidarity with France’s partners, particularly in Asia,

hinting that together with the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Japan, an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council today, has been called with a view to swiftly adopting new sanctions against the North Korean regime.

“France calls for very strict implementation of sanctions and for the adoption of additional European Union measures.  It remains in close contact with its main partners,” the statement stated.


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